The NFL season is winding down, leaving gamblers a few short weeks to get some solid bets in before the lines tighten up and the action narrows down in the playoffs.
Week 14 promises to be another lucrative one, as there are some generous spreads available right now, and it would be wise to bet them quickly before the public moves them against your favor.
Let’s take a look at our three favorite lines of the week and predict some winners.
*Point spreads courtesy of ScoresAndOdds.com, home team in CAPS.
GREEN BAY PACKERS (-6.5) vs. Detroit Lions
2012 simply isn’t the Lions' year.
The team hasn’t covered a spread since an early November victory over Jacksonville and won’t pull one out against their NFC North rival, the Packers, on Sunday Night Football.
Green Bay has been appeasing bettors as of late and has a 5-2 record against the spread over the past seven games. Predict that they move to 6-2, as the high-powered offense hosts the Lions in Lambeau during Week 14.
It’s never a great idea to lay more than a touchdown in divisional rivalry games, so jump on this one while it’s still 6.5.
New Orleans Saints (+5) at NEW YORK GIANTS
The G-Men are in danger of collapsing, while the Saints have one last chance to turn their season around.
Expect NOLA, led by elite signal-caller Drew Brees, to march into MetLife Stadium and handle business this coming Sunday.
These Giants just faltered to the NFC East dark horse Washington Redskins and could be in full on meltdown mode. It’s tough to predict after one narrow loss, but it’s worth taking five points and betting on the Saints in this one.
The Super Bowl hangover will be in full effect, and New York loses this straight up, fails to cover and puts the season in crisis mode.
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (-7) vs. Philadelphia Eagles
The 6-6 Bucs are in the midst of a royal rumble for an NFC wild-card spot and desperately need a win against these lowly Eagles to get a leg up.
While Nick Foles and Bryce Brown have a big future with the Philly franchise, they aren’t playing for anything but pride at this point, and that will be the difference maker when they travel to Raymond James stadium.
Josh Freeman and co. suffered a terrible loss to the Denver Broncos in Week 13, and expect coach Greg Schiano to come out firing this week to avenge that faltering and crush the Eagles in a must-win matchup.
Lay the points and expect a double-digit win from the Bucs.